North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 2nd XI v Ballyhaunis (Dick O'Neill Cup 1/4 final) on Sat 29 Jun 2013 at 13:00
North Kildare Cricket Club Lost by four wickets

Match report North Kildare arrived at the Maws, on a day that the weathermen had sunshine forecast. The forecast was wrong.. very wrong! Looking back at the result, the weather most definitely symbolized NK's first innings.

Apart from the weather being very overcast and bleak, North Kildare's day started brightly with skipper, Vorster winning the toss. At the time, it seemed that it was a very good toss to win, especially when playing on the NK mat. Alas, it wasn't to be. The North Kildare order toppled, which left the boys at 16/4 off six overs - only Melissa reached double figures as she looked in good touch, but was bowled leaving a straight one. At 16/4, NK were in serious trouble and in need of a partnership. Safdar and Pargat batted sensibly and patiently with knocks of 17 and 19 respectively. Not particularly what you would call "big" scores, but the two rescued some dignity for North Kildare and gave us a glimmer of hope to hold on to. Amar and debutant, Matthew Bond added another 13 runs for the 10th wicket partnership which brought the NK total up to a VERY modest total of 81 A/O. Nevertheless, NK knew that they were still in with a competitive shout in this game. As seen AT North Kildare, ON the North Kildare mat, chasing small targets can be more difficult than expected. With Tom Satchwell and Imran Muhammed's heroics in mind, NK strode out into their second innings, looking to make amends of their first innings travesty.

Vorster took the new ball along with Dáire O'Neill and the pair produced tidy opening spells. Although runs were exceptionally hard to come by, NK didn't take wickets regularly. With this said, Dáire produced one of his finest spells for NK, bowling eight overs straight through. Dáire bowled with pace and control and if things had went his way, he may have ended up with four or five. Unfortunately for Dáire and NK, he only ended with the one.. an absolutely beauty that seemed away, took the edge of the oppo no.1 and Vorster caught sharply behind. Rob Beattie also created a sharp run-out off Dáire's bowling, with the oppo itching to get off strike. Safdar, Amar and Sandy all had a crack at spinning their way through the opposition line-up, but again, didn't take wickets regularly, even though Sandy and Amar took one-a-piece. Vorster came into his second spell and grabbed two sneaky wickets, but at this stage, the game had run it's course.

A mention must go to Melissa, as her call up with the gloves went particularly well. Vorster was made to look quite silly at times when trying to keep up with the spin of the three lads, but thankfully; not too many byes were leaked.

So: a valiant effort from the boys, but NK came up short against an opposition that looked weaker in every department. Perhaps a bit of complacency played a part in the defeat, as a team of NK's caliber shouldn't really be in trouble against that sort of opposition. Hopefully a serious lesson has been learned.

With NK two's out of all cup competitions, we have the league to concentrate on. Next up - Terenure at the Maws.

A big welcome to Matthew Bond and Ahmed Dar. Matthew played his first game for the seconds, scored a few valuable runs and was more than capable in the field. As for Ahmed, he looks like he'll be a great addition to the club.

Thanks again to Gerry for scoring. Again, it is much appreciated!


North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
3nb 9w 6b  
for 10 wickets

(24.0 overs)
Melissa Scott-Hayward b Haseer 10 15 66.67
Sajjad Maqsood b Kannar 0 2 0
Robert Beattie lbw bowled. Kannar 2 12 16.67 1
Neil Vorster ct Hannan. Bowled Haseer 0 2 0 1
Dáire O'Neill b Shakil 2 18 11.11
Safdar Hussain ct Sheraz. Bowled Shakil 17 30 1 56.67
Sandy Chahal ct Tayyab. Bowled Arslaw 4 4 1 100
Ahmed Dar ct Irfan. Bowled Shakil 0 8 0
Pargat Singh b Wahab 19 34 2 55.88
Amarbir Singh Not Out  5 21 23.81
Matthew Bond ct Abdul. Bowled Wahab 5 10 1 50.0

Ballyhaunis (Dick O'Neill Cup 1/4 final) Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Ballyhaunis (Dick O'Neill Cup 1/4 final) Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
3w 5b 1lb 
for 6 wickets
87 (24.0 overs)
Furah ct N. Vorster. Bowled O'Neill 16
Shakaz run out R. Beattie 0
Abdul b A. Singh 23
Irfan b N. Vorster 16
Shakil b S. Chalal 1
Arslaw Not Out  21
Hannab b N. Vorster 0
Wahab Not Out  2

North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Neil Vorster5.001326.502.60
Dáire O'Neill8.0220120.002.50
Safdar Hussain4.001000.002.50
Amarbir Singh3.01919.003.00
Sandy Chahal4.0031131.007.75